Dennis Brown | December 20, 2018
The Excellence in Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame has been named in honor of John Affleck-Graves, the executive vice president of the University, who announced last summer that he will retire in June. University leaders surprised Affleck-Graves with the honor at a recognition event for the program Monday (Dec. 17) at the Morris Inn.
“Of the rich legacy John will leave at Notre Dame, nothing is more valuable than his commitment to invest in and develop the talents of the University’s most valuable asset — its people,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said.
The Excellence in Leadership Program is a yearlong initiative in which 30 senior leaders reflect on and hone their own authentic leadership style, gain experience in building strong communities and form relationships that will be invaluable throughout their careers.
“John not only inspired this program,” Father Jenkins said, “he exemplifies the kind of leader we want to develop at Notre Dame: committed to excellence and to our mission, of the highest integrity, accountable and a team builder. It is most fitting that the program that aspires to develop leaders at Notre Dame, and the certificate given to those who complete it, should bear the name of John Affleck-Graves.”
The program is composed of two complementary components — Executive Leadership and High Performance Leadership. The former is for University employees with potential for senior leadership positions within the next five years. It focuses on culture building, forming communities and leading through change. The latter, for those with the potential to become senior leaders within 10 years, emphasizes team dynamics, developing an understanding of how teams form, how to manage conflict and what makes some teams successful. The program culminates in group projects.
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